HALIFAX, Nova Scotia—Nova Scotia and New Brunswick are preparing to tackle their scrap tire problems in 1997 and have both approved Tire Recycling Atlantic Canada Corp. (TRACC) to operate tire recycling plants in their provinces. The New Brunswick facility, located in Minto, will be on stream in early 1997, a TRACC official said. The Nova Scotia site has not been determined but the facility must be operational by June 30, according to a contract between the province and TRACC. The Nova Scotia plant will process about 720,000 of the estimated 900,000 scrap tires generated annually in the province.
Each of the facilities will cost $3.3 million to build and will employ about 55, according to TRACC President Doug Vicars.
``There's a tire problem here that needs to be taken care of,'' Mr. Vicars said. ``We're not interested in burning the tires, we want to turn them into useful products.''
Effective Jan. 2, Nova Scotia banned tires from landfills and incinerators and instituted a $3 fee on each new passenger and light truck tire sold and a $9 fee on larger tires to fund the Resource Recovery Fund Board that manages the tire program.
New Brunswick implemented its ban on landfilling tires Oct. 1 and began collecting a $3 fee on new car tires and a $9 fee on large truck tires.
Brian Miller, president of the Atlantic Tire Dealers Association, which represents dealers in the Maritime Provinces, said tire dealers generally support the $3 tire fee, and the government has launched a promotional campaign to explain the recycling program to consumers.
But Mr. Miller, who operates Miller Tire Service Ltd. in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, said he and other truck tire dealers fear the $9 truck tire fee will turn away fleet customers, many of whom are based in Ontario, which doesn't have a tire fee.
On the upside, the TRACC contract eliminates dealers' tire disposal costs, which many dealers absorbed in the past, he said.
Under the recycling program, used tires will be collected and delivered to the privately financed and operated recycling facilities, where the tires will be shredded and processed into other products, such as manhole collars and risers, sheet stocks and animal mats.
Sixty companies expressed interest in operating a facility during the bidding process, according to a spokesman for the Nova Scotia Department of the Environment.
The newly established TRACC is affiliated with the Mennonite Central Committee, which helped launch the Edmonton (Alberta) Recycling Society in 1988 to collect, process and market recyclable materials generated in that city.